Lisa Kurt is an artist and illustrator living and working in Reno, NV since 2008. She grew up and lived in the Boston area, receiving her BFA in illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art.

Lisa works primarily with acrylics and mixed media on canvas or wood panels; her work integrates maps and other ephemera within her paintings. Through her work, she explores stories that involve people, animals, and creatures in mysterious settings, often incorporating nature and the unexpected. Her work entails traces of nostalgia, melancholy, and whimsical facets that allow a bit of mystery to remain. Lisa’s work focuses on themes surrounding childhood, nature, memory, stories, mythologies, allegory, and dreams.

Lisa has recently illustrated a new children’s book, Sarla in the Sky, published by Bharat Babies:

For more on Lisa:

instagram: @lisakurt

twitter: @lisamadethis

If you have a request or need to get in touch, please contact the artist by email: lisamadethis [at]


October 2016: “Wild Women Artists: Many Moons”, pop-up show, Reno, NV

October 2016: “Mythical Mermaids”, La Bodega Gallery, San Diego, CA

June 2016: “Tall Tales”, Lion’s Nest Gallery, Austin, TX

June 2016: “Plus One”, STUDIO Gallery, San Francisco, CA

May 2016: “Invincible Summer”, Lasting Dose Gallery, Reno, NV

April 2016: solo show “Fortinbras// hands + objects”, Reno Little Theater, Reno, NV

September 2015: ArtBlast group show, McKinley Art Center, Reno, NV

October 2015: “Get the Lead Out VII”, Swoon Gallery, San Clemente, CA

October 2015: solo show, McKinley Art Center, Reno, NV

June 2015: “A Tender Spark”, solo show, The Holland Project, Reno, NV

April 2015: “Anatomy of a Story”, solo show, St. Mary’s Art Center, Virginia City, NV (curated by Frances Melhop, Executive Director/Creative Director, SMAC)

February 2015: “Annual Broken Hearts Collide Show”, NeverEnder Gallery, Reno, NV

January 2015: group show for the Reno Art Walk, Noble Pie Parlor, Reno, NV

January 2015: Grand Opening of Lasting Dose group show, Lasting Dose Gallery, Reno, NV

October 2014: “Friend or Foe?”, solo show, NeverEnder Gallery, Reno, NV

September 2014: ArtBlast group show, McKinley Art Center, Reno, NV

September 2014: “Doubtful Creatures”, solo show, Hub Coffee Roasters Riverside, Reno, NV

June 2014: “The River Washes Away My Sins”, (curated by Eric Brooks), Reno, NV

May 2014: “Sunken Treasures”, Tahoe Maritime Museum, (juried by Carla Beebe, Roy E. Dryer, III, and Larry Ortiz) Homewood, CA

April 2014: “Universe: The Art of Existence”, Modern Eden Gallery, (curated by Michael Cuffe, owner and founder of Warholian), San Francisco, CA

April 2014: “The Circle Project”, The Generator Inc. Gallery, Reno, NV

February 2014: “Valentine Art Auction Biennial”, Sheppard Fine Arts Gallery, Reno, NV (curated by Paul Baker Prindle, Director of Sheppard Contemporary and University Galleries, UNR)

February 2014: “Annual Broken Hearts Collide Show”, NeverEnder Gallery, Reno, NV

December 2013: “9th Annual Small Works Show”, 440 Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (juror, Jessica Porter, art consultant and director of Porter Contemporary in Chelsea arts district of New York City)

December 2013: “Biggest Little Art Show”, “Icons of Nevada”, Sierra Arts Gallery, Reno, NV

November 2013: “Sensory Impressions”, Noble Pie Parlor, Reno, NV

August 2013: “RAW Translations”, Bodega Club, Reno, NV